What we're about

Welcome to Early Rise Hikers!

This group's main focus is outdoor exercise in the early morning, with hour long, fast paced hikes in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve scheduled four a week during weekdays, Tuesday through Friday. Our three main hikes vary somewhat in difficulty.

PLEASE NOTE: Our hikes are fitness hikes, and we will be moving at a good clip. Be aware that we do not have a sweep, and while we usually hike together, some people will wish to move more quickly or more slowly than the majority. You should come prepared to guide yourself in case you don't stay with the group for any reason. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me in advance or speak with me or other hike host at the trail head!

The trails are beautiful in the morning, and a group of hiking companions makes the exercise a pleasure. This is a great way to start the day!

Staying connected is easy. For general information on the hikes and trails, FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK (https://www.facebook.com/earlyrisehikers/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel), and FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM (https://www.instagram.com/early_rise_hiker/)!

Sunrise Trail to the 1.2 mile overlook (http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/trailhead/displayHike/6#sthash.7eieme7T.dpbs): Out and back hike totaling 2.4 miles, with just over 500 ft. in elevation gain. Our most challenging weekday hike. (TUESDAY AND THURSDAY)
Weekday Hikes are always on one of three trails:

Gateway – North Side of the Loop (http://www.protrails.com/trail/613/phoenix-scottsdale-mesa-gateway-loop/Trail_Map): Out and back hike, total 3.2 miles return, with 400 ft. elevation gain. This hike tends to take the full hour, and is more challenging than Lost Dog Wash. (WEDNESDAY)

Lost Dog Wash – Sunrise Trail (http://earlyrisehiker.com/2017/03/sunrise-trail/): 4.2 mile out and back hike with around 800 ft. Elevation gain. The gentle run up at the start makes this one feel a little less serious than the Tuesday/Thursday hikes, but don't let that fool you. This one keeps going and will get the heart pumping! (FRIDAY)

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Weekend Hikes
Our weekend hikes are more varied, tend to be longer, and are more challenging. Please ask the organizer if you have questions!

Start Times
We follow the time of sunrise and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gate Opening Times (http://www.meetup.com/Early-Rise-Hikers/photos/25898049/). Winter hikes start between 6:30 and 7:30 am, and in the summer months begin as early as 5:30 am to beat the heat. We leave 5 minutes after the posted start time.

Carpooling options
If you don't live in the area and would like to consider carpooling, check out our Carpool Discussion Board (http://www.meetup.com/Early-Rise-Hikers/messages/boards/thread/49296494).

RSVP Etiquette
Please let us know if you're coming. If you have RSVP'd "yes" and change your mind, please change your RSVP. Read about RSVP etiquette here (http://www.meetup.com/Early-Rise-Hikers/messages/boards/thread/48949704).

Please Note:
We live in a desert where you WILL sweat out a lot of water very quickly trying to keep your body cool. Even though we are leaving early in the morning you still need to bring water with you. There is no formula for how much water you will need so ALWAYS err on the side of caution.

Remember, only YOU are responsible for your own safety.

Upcoming events (5+)

Lost Dog Wash Trailhead to 136th St Trailhead via Sunrise Trail

Lost Dog Wash Trailhead

Meet at the pavilion and hike the Lost Dog Wash trail for a short segment until it meets the Sunrise Trail - which we take straight up the ridge until we get to the topmost trail head of the 136th Street Spur Trail. Configuration: out and back Distance: about 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: around 800 feet The total hike usually takes around an hour and 20 minutes and will get your heart rate going. A great way to start Friday! This is a fitness hike, and we will be moving at a good clip. Be aware that we do not have a sweep, and while we usually hike together, some people will wish to move more quickly or more slowly than the majority. You should come prepared to guide yourself in case you don't stay with the group for any reason. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me in advance or speak with me at the trail head! Warning: every hike involves a certain level of risk, which you must take on completely. I am a volunteer organizer, not a hike guide of any sort. You must think ahead, gauge your ability, bring the things you will need, and be aware that something could go wrong. Early Rise Hikers, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers and event hosts are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event. Further, we live in a desert where you WILL sweat out a lot of water very quickly trying to keep your body cool. Even though we are leaving early in the morning you still need to bring water with you. There is no formula for how much water you will need so ALWAYS err on the side of caution. It would also be wise to have some electrolytes and a snack on hand. Remember, only YOU are responsible for your own safety. ------------------------------------ Want to follow Early Rise Activities? Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/earlyrisehikers/)! We're also on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/early_rise_hiker/).

Hike at Sunrise

Sunrise Access Area

Meet at the Sunrise trailhead, hike 1.2 miles to the overlook, and return within the hour. While short, the hike is challenging, with over 500 ft. in elevation gain from the trailhead to that first overlook point. More details on the trail in this article on the Sunrise Trail (http://earlyrisehiker.com/2017/03/sunrise-trail/) under Sunrise - Overlook, including downloadable GPS files. This is a fitness hike, and we will be moving at a good clip. Be aware that we do not have a sweep, and while we usually hike together, some people will wish to move more quickly or more slowly than the majority. You should come prepared to guide yourself in case you don't stay with the group for any reason. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me in advance or speak with me at the trail head! Warning: every hike involves a certain level of risk, which you must take on completely. I am a volunteer organizer, not a hike guide of any sort. You must think ahead, gauge your ability, bring the things you will need, and be aware that something could go wrong. Early Rise Hikers, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers and event hosts are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event. Further, we live in a desert where you WILL sweat out a lot of water very quickly trying to keep your body cool. Even though we are leaving early in the morning you still need to bring water with you. There is no formula for how much water you will need so ALWAYS err on the side of caution. It would also be wise to have some electrolytes and a snack on hand. Remember, only YOU are responsible for your own safety. ------------------------------------ Want to follow Early Rise Activities? Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/earlyrisehikers/)! We're also on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/early_rise_hiker/).

Happy Hour at the Twisted Lizard

Twisted Lizard Tavern & Grille

Join us for a rare mid-week meetup at the Twisted Lizard in honor of the group's very good hiking friends Mike and Janet who are once again visiting from the UK. One of my favorite spots for a happy hour, the patio where we'll be seated boasts a beautiful view of our stamping grounds in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. They don't seem to have a menu on the site at the moment, but you can check out the location at https://www.twistedlizardtavern.com/. I can vouch for the street tacos!

North side of Gateway Loop Trail

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy - Gateway Trailhead

Meet at the pavilion and hike towards Tom's Thumb, taking a left on the Gateway Loop Trail. We turn around at the turnoff for the loop (at the Gateway Loop/Windgate Pass Trail Split), and are back to the parking lot an hour after start time. This shorter hike is around 1.6 miles in, and total of 3.2 miles return with an elevation gain of a little more than 400 ft. Gateway Loop Option: anyone with the time and inclination can continue around the loop, adding 20 to 30 minutes to the overall time. We can decide collectively at the turnoff whether to take the extra time. You'll find a Gateway Loop Trail (http://earlyrisehiker.com/2017/03/gateway-loop-trail/) description, statistics, photo of the Gateway Trailhead, map, and downloadable GPS files at the Early Rise Hiker Blog (http://earlyrisehiker.com/). Also, note: We usually hike together, some people will wish to move more quickly or more slowly than the majority. You should come prepared to guide yourself in case you don't stay with the group for any reason. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me in advance or speak with me at the trail head! Warning: every hike involves a certain level of risk, which you must take on completely. I am a volunteer organizer, not a hike guide of any sort. You must think ahead, gauge your ability, bring the things you will need, and be aware that something could go wrong. Early Rise Hikers, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers and event hosts are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event. Further, we live in a desert where you WILL sweat out a lot of water very quickly trying to keep your body cool. Even though we are leaving early in the morning you still need to bring water with you. There is no formula for how much water you will need so ALWAYS err on the side of caution. It would also be wise to have some electrolytes and a snack on hand. Remember, only YOU are responsible for your own safety. ------------------------------------ Want to follow Early Rise Activities? Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/earlyrisehikers/)! We're also on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/early_rise_hiker/).

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Hike at Sunrise

Sunrise Access Area

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